Italian Panzanella SALAD

Italian Panzanella SALAD

This salad! I can’t get enough of it! It’s all the best things summer has to offer. Fresh herbs, bright and ripe veggies, of course bread and the icing on the cake is mozzarella cheese!

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Grilled Romaine Salad

Grilled Romaine Salad

If you know me, you know I’m not big on vegetables so I’m certainty not a huge fan of salads. Unless of course there are any of the following: a fabulous dressing, lots of toppings (i.e. olives, cranberries, nuts, cheese, potato salad, etc, etc) and/or it’s grilled! Grilled romaine is so good and I was always ordering it at restaurants but one day I thought, I really need to make this at home so I could eat it more often, so I set out to make grilled romaine

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Authentic Anchovy Caesar Salad Dressing

Authentic Anchovy Caesar Salad Dressing

I know, who makes their own salad dressings with all the perfectly yummy options at the grocery? I don't, unless we're having Caesar and then it's a yes, yes, yes to all these perfectly paired ingredients in this amazing recipe.

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Asparagus and Tomato Farro Salad

Asparagus and Tomato Farro Salad

This is a great side dish for any season. Farro is readily available at most grocery stores and it’s basically a blank slate, allowing you to add in a multitude of veggies and cheeses regardless of the time of year and what’s in season. And it’s especially good for outdoor picnic’s because there’s no mayo to spoil in the heat.

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Mexican Street Corn

Mexican Street Corn

Corn, Cheese, Mayo... does it get any better?! HA! Probably for some but this is where Chrissy Teigen and I align perfectly. :) This recipe is from her first cookbook “Cravings” and I could easily eat 4 ears all myself, it's just so good. I wish I had known about this dish sooner in life.

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Gambas al Ajillo aka Spanish Garlic Shrimp

Gambas al Ajillo aka Spanish Garlic Shrimp

Gambas ala Ajillo which basically translates to garlic shrimp is a standard at any restaurant in Spain. I understand why because it’s so dang delicious, and they set it on fire and who doesn’t like a little flair!

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Pandan Leaf Chicken

Pandan Leaf Chicken

The Pandan Leaf Chicken is a common Thai appetizer but one I had never heard of before. When my husband and I were in Thailand learning this recipe it put a huge smile on my face, it was the perfect dish to kick off our culinary adventure.

I know this one looks unique and requires a special trip to the Asian market, but I promise you, this dish will not disappoint. The flavors are out of this world. The aroma from the pandan leaf is infused into the chicken along with the marinade and it creates this perfect umami of flavors in your mouth!

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Keto Friendly Zucchini Skins aka Zucchini Boats

Keto Friendly Zucchini Skins aka Zucchini Boats

Why eat potato when you can have Zucchini Skins!

I love it when my husband says ‘What are you making now?’ Then he proceeds to eat it all and ask me to make it again and finishes his thought by adding a ‘hua, that was actually really good.’😜

I’ve been working on a few healthy, Keto friendly recipes for an upcoming cooking class. I think these Zucchini Skins with cheese, bacon and sour cream will make the cut

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Southern Fried Okra

Southern Fried Okra

Get out a deep pot and the oil because we’re frying up a southern staple, FRIED OKRA!

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Mango Peach Salsa

Mango Peach Salsa

This is the most simple recipe, so easy but so tasty. There's something about mixing fruits and vegetables together that just works. I guess it's like a chocolate covered pretzel...sweet and salty,  it's a time when all the taste buds get to participate!

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Veggie (or shrimp) Spring Rolls

Veggie (or shrimp) Spring Rolls

I don't know why but I think these little bundles are just too cute. Plus, they are unique, easy to make, fresh and a fun way to get veggies in your diet! And very colorful!

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Rose Endive Tartlets

Rose Endive Tartlets

My main course came together quick and easy today which allowed me to whip up these cutie-patuie rose tarts.

I love a fancy food that's not at all difficult to make and these pretty little appetizers/side/starters fit the bill. They take no time at all and only require 4 ingredients. 

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Watermelon / Tomato /Basil Salad

Watermelon / Tomato /Basil Salad

Can you tell I’m on a ‘fruit salad’ kick!

If ever there was a fruit that said summertime it would be a tie between watermelon and backyard vine ripe tomatoes! I simply can not get enough of either this year.

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A Modern Fruit Salad

A Modern Fruit Salad

Summer is here and that means all you can eat, fresh at your finger tips, fruits and vegetables are in abundance. And if you're like me, you've been craving those fresh flavors since early spring, you really wanted those strawberries at the grocery but you also knew they weren't going to be their best, it just wasn't their time. But it is now!

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Puff Pastry Asparagus Parcels

Puff Pastry Asparagus Parcels

Quick, minimal ingredients, very few dishes to wash this savory flavorful appetizer could easily become a go-to party favorite. I made about 25 parcels for Easter Brunch and I'm pretty sure they were gone as soon as they hit the table. 

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Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

Obviously, there really isn't much to this recipe but I thought it was worth a post b/c I rarely see many Caprese salads made with anything except red tomatoes. 

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Celeriac Velouté aka Celery Root Soup

Celeriac Velouté aka Celery Root Soup

I know what you might be thinking... Celery has a root and you can cook with it, and it's good? Who knew, right? I didn't. I don't even like celery, I can't stand it. And I don't really care for bacon either but somehow, someway this becomes a soup I thoroughly enjoy. This is why I will eat anything once. I sincerely have FOMO when it comes to food. I can't bare the thought that I might miss something spectacular.

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Authentic German Potato Salad

Authentic German Potato Salad

I really like German potato salad because there’s no mayonnaise. Not that I have anything against mayo but sometimes you crave something a little lighter. The other thing I like about this potato salad is you can serve it hot, chilled or at room temperature, making this a perfect option for picnics and parties.

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3 Cheese Mac and Cheese

3 Cheese Mac and Cheese

Roll up your sleves and get out the apron. This one takes some time and elbow grease, but if you get through it your guests will love it. It also makes several pots and pans to wash, but again if you're not a hurry this one is a crowd pleaser!

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Roasted String Beans and Mushrooms

Roasted String Beans and Mushrooms

Pots and Pans: 1 lipped baking sheet... this one couldn't get any easier. It almost sounds too easy to be good but it's NOT, I promise. 

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